AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreUS shoppers hungry for Black Friday deals came out in droves, spending at record levels.“We were expecting Black Friday openings to be very strong, (but no one) expected that they were going to be this strong,” a National Retail Federation analyst told ABC.This is welcome news for the nation’s overall economy and for Wall Street, where stocks soared on Monday Morning.226 million people shopped during the 4-day weekend pumping $52 billion into the coffers of retailers — an increase of 14 million shoppers over last year. The average amount spent also increased by about ten percent to almost $400 per shopper. One interesting note: 44% of those shoppers surveyed said they were buying for themselves over the weekend. The rest of the gifts have yet to be purchased.(READ the story from ABC News)Photo by cohdra via MorguefileAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner milik Qantas. Sumber: Skyscanner Australia Mungkin beberapa dari Anda masih ingat dengan rencana maskapai asal Australia, Qantas yang akan melakoni perjalanan antar benua non-stop terjauh, yaitu dari Sydney menuju New York. Menurut pihak maskapai, penerbangan itu akan memakan waktu selama 20 jam di udara – hampir seharian penuh. Mengingat ini merupakan hal yang cukup ekstrem, maka diperlukan persiapan yang amat matang, tidak hanya dari pilot melainkan juga dari segi penumpangnya.Baca Juga: “Sunrise Project,” Qantas Bakal Sabet Gelar Penerbangan Langsung Terlama di DuniaKesiapan PilotSebagaimana yang dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari laman cnbc.com (18/10), pilot Qantas yang nantinya mengoperasikan rute jarak jauh ini akan terlebih dahulu diambil sampel urinnya dan mengenakan alat pemantau kinerja otak guna menguji tingkat kelelahan. Memang, di udara, pilot akan mengaktifkan sistem auto-pilot untuk menjalankan moda yang mereka kemudikan – namun tetap saja mereka harus tetap memasang fokus selama 20 jam waktu perjalanan untuk berkomunikasi dengan menara pemantau (ATC) hingga mengecek pesawat selama berkalana di angkasa (apakah semua fungsi di pesawat beroperasi secara normal atau tidak). Kesiapan PenumpangSementara untuk penumpang, sebuah studi yang dilakukan oleh peneliti di University of Sydney Charles Perkins Center yang menyebutkan bahwa dari 500 penumpang yang sudah pernah bepergian dengan Qantas selama lebih dari sembilan jam penerbangan (dalam sekali perjalanan), menemukan bahwa sekitar 54 persen dari mereka akan mengenakan headset untuk mereduksi kebisingan dari mesin, 38 persen meminum alkohol, dan 10 persen sisanya menenggak obat tidur. Namun ini semua dinilai kurang baik untuk dilakukan, mengingat mereka akan mengidap dehidrasi dan memperparah efek jet lag yang dirasakan. Baca Juga: Di Penerbangan Jarak Jauh, Qantas Canangkan Sensasi Bersepeda dan Relaksasi Lewat Virtual RealityPenerbangan Ultra-Long HaulKendati ada banyak hal yang mesti dipersiapkan sebelum terbang bersama The Flying Kangaroo dalam rute penerbangan super jauh ini, namun pihak maskapai telah sukses menghubungkan jarak 16.200km yang terbentang antara Sydney dan New York beberapa hari ke belakang, dimana penerbangan yang total memakan waktu perjalanan 19 jam 16 menit ini memboyong 49 penumpang saja dengan menggunakan Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Hal ini diketahui dari unggahan @instagramaviation pada 21 Oktober 2019 di jejaring sosial Instagram.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related
Jour Polaire, Victoria Mile IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOS Seventh-favorite Red Advancer was overtaken at the line by the two top finishers and settled a neck behind for third in the 1,600-meter turf race for fillies and mares age 4 and up.Defending champion Admire Lead, ridden by Italian Mirco Demuro, finished eighth.The 5-year-old Jour Polaire improved on her third-place finish here last year and was just 0.8 second shy of the record set by Straight Girl in 2016. She earned ¥105 million in prize money for the win.But the maiden G1 title once again eluded Lys Gracieux, who has finished in the top three in 11 of her 13 starts.The 4-year-old filly was ridden by veteran jockey Yutaka Take, who recently turned 49 and is now just four shy of 500 rides at the G1 level. KEYWORDS Eighth-favorite Jour Polaire bested the all-female pack on the outside Sunday to capture the 13th running of the Victoria Mile and earn her first Grade 1 victory.Jour Polaire, ridden by Hideaki Miyuki, held steady in the middle of the group before outdistancing the leaders in a late run against the rain at Tokyo Racecourse. She finished in 1 minute, 32.3 seconds, edging race-favorite Lys Gracieux into second by a nose. Jour Polaire (second from left) comes home to win the Victoria Mile on Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse. | KYODO
BY KEVIN TEME For the first time, the Oceania Fight Promotion (OFP) Company will host the World Boxing Council’s sanctioned title fight in PNG. “It has been a long time coming,” OFP promoter and boxing legend Martin Beni said. Beni’s last title fight was held back in 1974 for the Australian title shot which was held at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium. Four years later, another boxing legend Late Johnny Aba had another go in the World title shot against a Panamanian boxer named Eusebio Pedroza. Aba lost lost but the title shot was also held in Port Moresby. Both Beni and late Aba had put PNG on the world boxing map and from then, professional boxing in the PNG went into hibernation. “Professional boxing died in the country but I want to thank Oceania Fight Promotion for reviving this code. For myself, I want to see a world champion in professional boxing before I close my eyes,” said Beni. OFP Managing director Maryanne Millie, the only female who had stepped into resurrecting professional boxing after seeing the need to expose PNG local talents said, “It is an honor to receive the Light weight title belt for the first time in many years.” Millie said this title will be fought between PNG’s current light heavy weight champion John ‘The Stoppa’ Korake and Thailand’s current light weight champion title holder Chaloemporn Sawatsuk. “This title shot is sanctioned by the World Boxing Council and the Asia Boxing Council and I just want to thank all our major sponsors including National Gaming Control Board, MVIL, Data Co, Kumul Consolidated Holdings, Kumul Petroleum Holdings, B-Mie and of course our good Prime Minister Hon James Marape for making it possible for this title fight to happen on 1st December in Port Moresby,” Millie said. Millie is urging all the fans and supporters in Port Moresby and right across the country to get behind PNG’s local talent John ‘ The stoppa’ Korake who will take on the visiting Thailand’s light heavy weight champion Chaloempor Sawatsuk for the WBC light heavy weight title fight between PNG’s Korake and Thailand’s Sawatsuk. Tickets are now on sale at JUP Business Center opposite Pacific Engineering, Croton Street, Suite 1 Waigani and vision City Mall at B-Mie Arts and Crafts Shop for K25. Corporate tables are going for K5000 and ring side per seat is at K500.
Ex-Iowa State player apologizes to BYU, hopes to impress Jazz Related Luckless Jazz have too many options SALT LAKE CITY — So now that the Utah Jazz know they will be picking No. 5 in next month’s NBA draft — where the odds said they would — who are they likely to select?It’s safe to say the two Kansas players — forward Andrew Wiggins and center Joel Embiid — and Duke’s Jabari Parker will all be long gone by the time the Jazz make their pick. Also, most experts are pegging Australian point guard Dante Exum to be taken in the top four.That leaves the Jazz with four likely picks — Indiana’s Noah Vonleh, Kentucky’s Julius Randle, Arizona’s Aaron Gordon or Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart.The first three are big men, while Smart is a 6-foot-3 point guard, a position where the Jazz are less likely to need help with Trey Burke in the fold.Most fans around Utah have probably not heard much about Vonleh, a 6-foot-9, 247-pound power forward who was a McDonald’s All-American in Massachusetts before enrolling at Indiana. He played one year for the Hoosiers, averaging 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 52.3 percent from the field. He also showed an ability to shoot from outside, making 16 of 33 3-pointers (48.5 percent).Vonleh is a longer player than Randle or Gordon, as his wingspan was measured at 7 feet, 4 inches at the recent NBA draft combine, the second-longest among 60 players. (Randle and Gordon were around 7 feet.) He also had the largest hands in terms of length and width.When he declared for the draft, Vonleh said, “I’ve heard the fourth pick to the 12th pick is wide open. (I think I’ll be selected) anywhere in that range.”Randle is more well-known since he played for Kentucky, which made it to the NCAA championship game. He is similar in size to Vonleh at 6-9, 250 pounds, but is more of an inside player. He averaged 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds while shooting 51.6 percent from the field. He did not make any 3-pointers.Local fans are familiar with Gordon since he played against the University of Utah three times this past season. Gordon was measured just under 6-9 at the NBA combine and 220 pounds. This past season, he averaged 12.4 points and 8.0 rebounds. He shot 51.3 percent from the field, but was just 42.2 percent from the foul line.Smart would most likely have been a top-five pick in last year’s draft, but he opted to play one more year for Oklahoma State. He put up good numbers for the Cowboys this year as he averaged 18 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.9 steals per game. However, he also got in an altercation with a fan, which caused him to be suspended for three games and made some folks wonder about his poise.Going by past history, the Jazz should get an excellent player with the No. 5 pick. Over the past decade, the No. 5 pick has yielded some solid picks such as Raymond Felton in 2005, Kevin Love in 2008, Ricky Rubio in 2009, DeMarcus Cousins in 2010 and Jonas Valanciunas in 2011.The only dud at No. 5 over the past decade came in 2006 when Duke’s Shelden Williams was taken by Atlanta. He played parts of seven seasons in the NBA, but never averaged more than the 5.5 ppg of his rookie season.The jury is still out on the past two No. 5 picks: Alex Len, who was taken by Phoenix out of Maryland, and Thomas Robinson of Kansas, who was selected by Sacramento but has since been traded to Houston and Portland. Ranking the best No. 5 picks in the history of the NBA Draft
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Nokia phones are the most popular for mobile banking. (Image: Lucille Davie)RELATED ARTICLES • Cheap, clean lighting for Kenya • Entrepreneur builds internet empire • Meet a top social entrepreneur • Saving the world a drop at a timeLucille DavieFor 19-million Kenyans, their mobile phones are their bank accounts, their wallets and their way of life.With their phones, they can withdraw cash from ATMs or agents, pay bills, transfer money, receive payments, and buy their groceries. And all without the need for a bank account, a bank or credit card, a smartphone or a mobile phone contract. They can also do it all with any phone, although Nokia is the most popular in the country, according to mobiThinking.MobiThinking is an online tool for the marketing sector, with information and research on mobile marketing.Kenya has 41-million people, of whom 29-million are mobile phone users. Of these, 19-million are subscribed for mobile money. Most of them are prepaid users, using phones with data networking capability.“The crux to mobile money services is the ability to credit money to their account via a local agent (of which there is a huge network) and send money to a recipient’s mobile account, so they can withdraw the money from a local agent (or from an ATM if one is available),” states mobiThinking.All this is possible through M-Pesa (M is for mobile, Pesa is Swahili for money), which offers users financial and payment services. M-Pesa is the most advanced mobile payment system in the developing world. All users need to plug into the system is an identity card or passport.M-Pesa was launched in March 2007 in Kenya, the result of a student software development project. It is a joint initiative of Safaricom and Vodafone, the multinational mobile phone services company, specifically to enable Kenyans to use their phones to transfer money for a small fee. By 2012, the service was being used by 14.91-million people, or 36% of Kenyans, with customers reloading their m-wallets or withdrawing cash through a network of some 40 000 agents.Safaricom and Vodafone are the largest mobile network operators in Kenya and Tanzania. Safaricom provides mobile and fixed voice as well as data services on a variety of platforms.As it grew, M-Pesa introduced more financial services – the ability to pay utility bills, make purchases, buy air time, withdraw cash from ATMs, receive money from the Kenyan diaspora in some 45 countries, and have salaries and investment dividends paid.Users pay cash to the registered agents, who then place virtual credit on their mobile phones. When the user wants cash, he or she goes to a retailer and enters a code which is registered by the retailer, who then hands over the withdrawal.And the system is secure. Users have to produce identification for every transaction, and each transaction is monitored daily. In addition, every transaction can be traced to a user’s mobile phone.Information and communication technology growthThe Kenyan government has recognised the importance of ICT growth as a driver for gross domestic product, and has set the development of infrastructure and the ICT sector as a goal in its Vision 2030 plan. Through its ICT Board, it has several campaigns running to promote investment in the sector.This is aided by a new fibre optic network in the country, expanding access to broadband. The private sector has come to the party too, establishing several ICT hubs countrywide. “The iHub is one of the best-known hubs, bringing together local technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers, and creating an ecosystem of creators, users of ICT and mobile technologies,” explains mobiThinking.Mobile banking is driven by large industry players such as Hello Money from Barclays, M-Pesa, Airtel Money, Orange Money and Yu Cash.Access to informationThe Kenyan government has embraced the technology. Although some departments are slower than others to take it up, the Ministry of Agriculture uses mobile phones to relay daily market prices of agricultural produce. The Kenya Medical Supplies Agency has developed an SMS application to improve customer service.Kenya’s ICT hubs have also helped address social needs in health and education. Private sector applications have been adopted, such as m-Farm, through which farmers can get the latest wholesale prices for their products via SMS; MedAfrica, which provides free health information to mobiles; and eLimu, a tablet-based learning aid.A particular success story is Kenyans for Kenya, a response to recurring drought and famine. In January 2011, almost 4-million Kenyans were on the brink of starvation and death. The Kenya Red Cross Society appealed for funding, but got no response. By July the drought was becoming dire, and Kenyans starting listening.Contributions from ordinary citizens were collected via mobile money transfers from over 750 000 individuals. Kenyans for Kenya proved to be the country’s largest fundraising effort, with some US$8-million raised, US$1.9-million being raised through M-Pesa alone.Real time updates were recorded, and donors were able to keep track of donations made and the final tally. Half of the money went towards emergency food and water, and the other half towards three long-term projects to rehabilitate water infrastructure and implement integrated agriculture, health and water projects.The campaign has won two awards: from UN Millennium Development Goals Trust and from AfricaCom. The service has been introduced to Tanzania, Uganda, Afghanistan, South Africa and India, with varying degrees of success.
Detex introduces a maximum security, multi-point lock so big and strong that it stands up to assault by the bad guys and reduces employee and customer theft.The ECL-230X-TDB is a heavy-duty, easy-to-install, three-bolt, multi-point lock whose construction takes panic hardware to a new level of toughness and eases your back-door security worries. It is designed with a larger deadbolt that goes deeper into the frame than other locks in the category. Connecting rods are solid steel, rather than the less-reliable hollow rod/cable construction. Life safety and code compliant, the new Detex ECL-230X-TDB serves as both panic hardware and a maximum-strength locking device.The ECL-230X-TDB includes a photo-luminescent sign available in more than 10 color/language combinations, 100-decibel alarm and three locking points per door.- Sponsor – Top Deadbolt – approximately 1” wide by 1/2” thick deadbolt, the top bolt provides additional stability to the top corner of the door.Side Deadbolt – 2-1/4” tall by 1/2” thick deadbolt with a 1” throw allows for 3/4” penetration into strike (Detex recommends Flush installation for maximum security). With 1.6875 square inches of bolt engagement, the side deadbolt provides superior defense against pulling and prying on the side of the door.Bottom bolt – 5/8” HEX bolt with 3/4” throw, engages the floor with 5/8” penetration provides better attack resistance and superior defense against the “peeling up” of the bottom of the door.Combining the ECL-230X-TDB with Detex’s DX Bolts provides an additional line of defense against break-ins via additional locking points. Even if the exterior door hinges are compromised the DX bolts keep the door locked and secure. These passive deadbolts are easy to install and offer another layer of attack resistance. Add suffix DX3 (ECL-230X-TDB-DX3) for 6 locking points for even stronger security.How tough is the ECL-230X-TDB? Independent laboratory testing proves a door secured by the ECL-230X-TDB, and when combined with 3 DX Bolts can withstand 16,000 lbs of pull force.Optional accessories include rod covers, bottom bolt guard, hinge side locking (DX) bolts, Battery Eliminator (BE-961), and inside pull handle. For outdoor installation, an adjustable gate plate is available. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
IDC announced marketshare figures for major database companies based on data for 2007. Vendors’ slices of the market haven’t budged a whole lot from 2006. IDC reports that the overall Database market grew to $18.6 billion in 2007, 12.1% higher than the $16.6 billion of 2006. The top five vendors are as follows:Oracle with 44.1% market share. $8.2 billion in revenues. 13% growth over 2006 revenues.IBM’s DB2 and Informix have 21.3% market share. $3.9 billion in revenues. 13.3% growth over 2006 revenues.Microsoft with 18.3% market share. $3.4 billion in revenues. 11.2% growth over 2006 revenues.TerradataSybaseOracle seems to have made a little progress in Microsoft’s home turf for databases running in a Windows OS environment. Some of the gain can be attributed to Oracle’s Express database and lower prices. Other new features of Oracle 11g have made the database popular. New features include the Data Vault feature, the ability to assign security to certain elements of a database schema. The restriction applies even to database admins, disallowing access to company sensitive data, like compensation and corporate strategy.SQL Server’s numbers fell a bit, but that was most likely attributable to Microsoft’s announced, but not year available, SQL Server 2008.IBM saw gains in databases running in Linux and UNIX environments. Terradata is expanding with companies needing data warehousing and business intelligence features. Sybase seeks to discriminate itself with a column-based DB offering which claims better performance for certain type of data operations.Overall though, the picture of vendors, especially the top three commercial vendors, has changed very little from the picture we saw in 2006. What the report didn’t investigate and which may be on many minds is what about the Open Source options out there, like MySQL and PostgreSQL and how do they stack up to their commercial counterparts. IDC may need to expand the scope of future reports to include Open Source options.